Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tricia Boruta
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

Parking/Directions

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Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Descriptors: Grass

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 165228OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 189876OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 17Coed2017/01/03 21:00From January 3, 2017 to January 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 189875OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 17Coed2016/12/30 19:00From December 30, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 165354Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Male2016/11/09 00:00From November 8, 2016 to January 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$210.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 168959InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Winter Break Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 185289CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/12/27 17:00From December 27, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$25.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Taylor-Lauridsen 188008InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 22:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$8.00
Arts & Crafts at Taylor-Lauridsen 171937InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 172121OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 172123OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$13.00
Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 172231InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 172284Individual_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upMale2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 189605Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 35Male2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$15.00
Bitty Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 172367InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$8.00
Chair Exercise at Taylor-Lauridsen 172601InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Dodgeball at Taylor-Lauridsen 172748InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$13.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 172878InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 172879InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 23:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$15.00
Floor Hockey League at Taylor-Lauridsen 175381Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$38.00
Floor Hockey League at Taylor-Lauridsen 172924Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/02/03 00:30From February 2, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$38.00
Fun and Games at Taylor-Lauridsen 172964InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 23:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$13.00
Knitting Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 173468OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Taylor-Lauridsen Cancelled172981InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/11 22:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Taylor-Lauridsen 173808InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$21.00
Music and Movement at Taylor-Lauridsen 188084InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$9.00
Pinochle Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 174419OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Play School at Taylor-Lauridsen 188082InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$31.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor-Lauridsen 188083InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/02/15 00:30From February 14, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 174417OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 1:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 174418OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 189609OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 174548InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 174549InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$13.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 174620InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$15.00
Storytime at Taylor-Lauridsen 188007InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$8.00
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 189608InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 19:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 189607InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 19:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen Cancelled190770InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 19:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Teen Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 174802OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/02/04 00:30From February 3, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$8.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 175362InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 175363InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Wiffle Ball at Taylor-Lauridsen 172019InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/02/10 23:00From February 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen Cancelled189603InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/01/11 20:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$0
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 175504InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/12 01:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8pm
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Taylor-Lauridsen 175503InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$15.00

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Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.